If You Just Got a DUI… Read This!

If you just got a DUI charge (aka OMVI, OVI, DWI, etc.) you are likely also experiencing an upheaval of crappy feelings and emotions….. anger, regret, anxiety, embarrassment, dread, maybe even self-hate. These are absolutley normal responses. This blog is written to shed some perspective on your emotional reactions and to encourage you to develop a proactive plan so you emerge a better person on the other side. 


DOT SAP Employee Evaluations for CDL Holders, Pipeline Workers, FAA & other safety-sensitive positions

IMPORTANT UPDATE TO THIS BLOG!  CDL & DOT/SAP EVALUATIONS CAN BE CONDUCTED REMOTELY ONLINE THROUGH DECEMBER 2021

The DOT Office of Drug and Alcohol Policy & Compliance (ODAPC) has temporarily made allowance for DOT/SAP evaluations to be provided remotely online through December 2021 due to COVID. 

DOT / SAP Evaluations Explained Step-by-Step


Smarter Drinking for College Students

I get it that college drinking and “smart” are mutually exclusive terms.  College drinking is usually anything but smart. Isn’t that the whole point? Smart is for the classroom.  After class or on the weekend it's all about going hard….drinking fast, drinking large quantities, liquor mixed in a 50-gallon container, mixing in other substances…  all a recipe for disaster, but what student thinks a disaster is going to happen to them. “Bad things happen to other people who can’t handle their alcohol.” 


The Difference Between a Court Ordered Mental Health Assessment and a Psychological Evaluation

If you are researching how to find a court-ordered mental health assessment, mental health evaluation, or psychological evaluation things can get confusing rather quickly. These terms sound similar but they aren’t. Of course, you don’t want to show up in court with the wrong type of evaluation and you don’t want to pay for more than you need. Here’s a crash course on the differences.

Mental Health Assessment also known as a Mental Health Evaluation


How Does a Court Ordered Mental Health Assessment Work?

Being ordered by the court to get a mental health assessment can be a stressful endeavor.  Since the majority of people involved in the court system have never had their mental health questioned before it can be a little intimidating. Common questions are – what is the process like? What is it going to cost?  Where can I get a mental health assessment? Can I get a valid assessment online? What if I say the wrong thing in the evaluation or assessment?


What to Expect at An Anger Management Assessment

Of all the work we do with individuals in the court system, court-ordered anger management assessments can be some of the most fascinating because there often is simply nothing to go on but one person’s word against another. Someone calls the police over a domestic disturbance of some kind. It could be a spouse/lover, a neighbor, or it could be a complete stranger observing someone behave in a way in public that they believe represents a threat to someone else. The police show up within the hour and make a judgment call as to whether someone is going to jail.


Things to Think About Before You Hire a DUI Attorney

New Directions recently reached out to respected Ohio criminal defense attorney Shawn Dominy for his opinion about what to consider in choosing a DUI attorney. While Shawn practices in Ohio, most of what he shares here has practical application across the country.

If you were charged with DUI (in Ohio it’s called OVI), you only have a few days before the first court appearance; the arraignment. At the arraignment, you will be asked to plead guilty or not guilty. Before the arraignment, there are three questions you should answer for yourself. 



Alcohol and Drug Assessments for Court: 8 Questions to Ask Before Choosing A Service

Getting a mental health or substance abuse assessment for court is not something most people have prior experience with. Therefore, if you need an assessment for court, it can be difficult to know what service to use.

This blog breaks down the basics of court-ordered assessments, to help you make a well-informed choice when considering your assessment service options.


Relapsing Sucks: How to Avoid Wiping Out Right After Rehab and Beyond

So, you have spent the last month getting a fresh start at the rehab center. It’s a new beginning. You feel good. You’re cautiously optimistic and ready to get on with your new sober life. But you know battles will come. In fact, deep down you know they will come hot and heavy the first week.

Dealing with your GF or BF or difficult marriage. Your well-meaning but dysfunctional parents. Your crazy finances. Chronic physical pain, your boss, that 12-year old car that needs a transmission.


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